Two for Thursday: Broncos Also Sign WR Shepherd

March 6th, 2008 - 5:30pm by Andrew

Boy, this is a busy day …

Less than two hours after announcing the signing of one former Detroit Lion, Denver brought another one-time Lion aboard, signing wide receiver Edell Shepherd to a contract.

Terms were not disclosed.

Shepherd was in Lions camp last year before being waived on Aug. 28. He spent the subsequent season out football.

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Boss Bailey Now a Bronco

March 6th, 2008 - 3:37pm by Andrew

Boss Bailey is a Bronco, officially. The team announced at 3:36 p.m. MST on Thursday that the team had signed the unrestricted free agent linebacker — and younger brother of All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey.

NFL.com first reported that the Broncos had agreed to terms with Boss Bailey on Thursday afternoon.

Boss Bailey has traversed one of the more inspirational paths in recent NFL annals. He overcame two torn knee ligaments just to make it into pro football; he tore a left-knee ligament in high school and one in his right knee during his time at the University of Georgia. He also missed the entire 2004 season with torn meniscus in his right knee, but recovered fully.

He amassed 118 tackles in the last two seasons for the Detroit Lions while only missing one game in that time.

The signing makes the Baileys the third set of siblings concurrently on a Broncos roster, following in the footsteps of Eldon and William Danenhauer — together for four games in 1960 — and Doug and Dave Widell, who shared a locker room from 1990-92.

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Now Starring … Charley Johnson

March 6th, 2008 - 2:14pm by Andrew

I’m old enough to recall when Miller Lite commercials were something to savor because of their liberal use of former athletes, coaches and other random celebrities … Bob Uecker, Bubba Smith, Billy Martin, Dick Butkus, Rodney Dangerfield, Bert Jones, and, of course, Mickey Spillane.

But I reckon I was too young to remember when Ring of Famer Charley Johnson — with his first name spelled differently — found himself the star of one of these spots in 1979:

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Favre’s Greatness Had Humble Beginning

March 4th, 2008 - 11:43am by Andrew

I never met Brett Favre, though I’ve heard some stories. But I remember where I was when he took his first snap as a Green Bay Packer.

It’d be hard for me to forget, seeing as how I was there.

Sept. 13, 1992, was one of those Florida summer Sundays where not even a liberal dollop of supposedly sweatproof 50 SPF could prevent you from looking like a boiled lobster after just under four hours in the sun, where $20 of water and pink lemonade wasn’t enough to keep hydrated and cool. The high temperature was 89, but in the concrete bowl of Tampa Stadium — which basically became an open-air kiln on days like these — an on-field thermometer registered 109.

The Buccaneers were drilling the Packers, both on the scoreboard and in physical punishment. Days of defensive dominance like these would someday become routine for the Bucs with the acquisitions of John Lynch, Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to guide them. But with a defense featuring Keith McCants, Mark Wheeler, Ray Seals, Darrick Brownlow, Darrell Fullington and Milton Mack, this sort of performance was a tad unusual.

The pressure left Green Bay starter Don Majkowski running for his life until he was finally unable to escape, bowing to injury in the third quarter. Trailing hopelessly, the Packers turned to a second-year quarterback from Southern Mississippi.

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Report: Koutouvides Agrees to Terms

March 3rd, 2008 - 10:44am by Andrew

ESPN.com reported Monday morning that the Broncos had come to terms with linebacker Niko Koutouvides, who spent the last four years with the Seattle Seahawks.

Monday afternoon, the Broncos announced that Koutouvides had signed his contract.  The Broncos also announced the signing of Keary Colbert and the re-signing of defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban; both had first been reported in the media Saturday.

The Purdue product, who turns 27 on March 25, primarily handled special-teams duties for the Seahawks throughout the last four years. He started three games during the 2004 campaign — two in the regular season and one in the playoffs.

Over his four years as a Seahawk, Koutouvides had 89 solo tackles, 22 assists and a sack.

Discuss below …

Report: Broncos Add Colbert

March 1st, 2008 - 7:30pm by Andrew

The Denver Post reported on its Web site Saturday that the Broncos agreed to terms with wide receiver Keary Colbert, an unrestricted free agent who spent the last four seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

Colbert has 109 catches for 1,424 yards and seven touchdowns in his career to date. He had 332 yards on 32 receptions with no scores last season as the Panthers struggled with injuries and instability at quarterback, starting four different passers (Jake Delhomme, David Carr, Vinny Testaverde and Matt Moore).

Discuss below, and until the next posting, vaya con Dios.

Report: Lynch Staying

February 29th, 2008 - 7:17pm by Andrew

The Denver Post reported Friday night that John Lynch will return to the Broncos for the 2008 season, which would be his fifth in Denver and 16th in the NFL.

Lynch has made the Pro Bowl in each of his four seasons in Denver and has been a team captain throughout his time in orange and blue.

Throughout the offseason, Lynch had discussed the need to take his time and be prudent in deciding whether to return, noting that this was the first juncture in his career in which he pondered the issue.

Discuss below …

Walker, Gold Released

February 29th, 2008 - 2:53pm by Andrew

As the league year and free agency began, the Denver tenures of two Broncos starters ended.

Wide receiver Javon Walker and weakside linebacker Ian Gold were both released on Friday afternoon, one day shy of two months after a frustrating 2007 season that saw both grapple with knee injuries.

BRONCOS TV: MASON ON WALKER, GOLD:

Gold’s injury sidelined him for most of the Week 15 loss at Houston and all of the last two games, during which Jamie Winborn took his place. Walker, meanwhile, finished the season on the field — with two receptions in each of the final three games — but knee problems took their toll, necessitating surgery on Oct. 19 and a recovery that limited him to spot duty upon his return to the field over a month later.

Walker seemed to foretell the future the day after the regular-season finale, when he said “No,” when asked whether he saw the team as a good fit for him.

“What it boils down to at this point is I’ve got to go where the best fit is for me,” he said during a rambling question-and-answer session that occasionally saw him lapse into the third person.

Javon Walker, Dec. 31, 2007:

“Wherever Javon’s talents can be used at, I’ve got to go to where the best fit’s for me.”

Microfracture surgery on the ailing knee is a possibility, Head Coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged at his season-ending press conference in January.

“There’s talk of a microfracture somewhere down the line,” Shanahan said then. “It could be two or three years from now; it could be four years. We just don’t know.”

Reports are also rampant that the Broncos have retained two of their unrestricted free agents — defensive end John Engelberger and tight end Nate Jackson.

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Grist for the Rumor Mill

February 29th, 2008 - 12:02pm by Andrew

Ah, the offseason. When rumors become perceived as fleeting fact.

Evidently, anyone with a laptop and a camera can fan the flames of rumor. Case in point — the 2006 offseason, when a kid in a dorm room turns on his camera and says that John Abraham is headed to Denver in exchange for the No. 29 pick in the first round, then writes a story repeating the “news.”

Of course, Abraham never became a Bronco. The guy in his dorm, who posted under the site name “JetsTV.com,” presumably faded into Web flotsam. One can only wonder about his “sources” who clamed the deal was imminent.

It certainly does suck.Yet the non-story still had to be chased, even though it was on video that caused me to think of the description that Noah Vanderhoff, fictional video-arcade tycoon portrayed by Brian Doyle-Murray, offered upon completing a “Wayne’s World” screening:

“I think it’s two chimps on a Davenport in a basement.”

The Abraham gossip just one of many rumors to come across in recent years. The discussions of some gobble bandwith by the terabyte. In other cases, it’s just a sentence or two in a conversation, which was the case four years ago, when a media member came up to me and breathlessly proclaimed, “You guys are going to sign Charlie Garner,” deeming this to be virtually incontrovertible.

Still waiting for that one to happen.

Some of you post comments asking me for my take on these deals and I typically remain silent. Not that I’m ignoring you, but as a team employee, I try to stay out of the rumor business.

Not that I mind if you talk about rumors. Feel free. Discuss them below or on the message boards. But hopefully you’ll understand why I’ll stay out of the debate, for the most part.

And with that, I’ll turn it over to the Timex Social Club:

Vaya con Dios.

Combine Day 4: Video Wrap

February 24th, 2008 - 6:00pm by Andrew

A few Q-and-As with the rookies-to-be:

LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey:

Washington State safety Husain Abdullah:

South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins: